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French Toast Casserole Recipe is a delicious overnight breakfast casserole. This recipe is simple enough for busy mornings but so delicious that you will want to serve it to guests.

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We just made this delicious overnight French toast casserole recipe the other day for “brinner” (breakfast for dinner) and I almost forgot how good it was. The entire family loved this quick and easy breakfast recipe.

What is Overnight French Toast?

The best French toast casserole is when it is made overnight. The bread is separated in small pieces and placed in a casserole dish. Then a milk mixture consisting of milk, egg, cinnamon and sugar is added to the bread.

This casserole is then placed in the refrigerator and the bread has time to soak up the mixture overnight. Then the casserole is then baked and the best French Toast casserole is made.

Ingredients needed - french bread, eggs, milk, sugar, salt, vanilla, cinnamon

French Toast Casserole Ingredients:

  • Loaf of French Bread
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Sugar (divided in half)
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon

How to Make French Toast Casserole:

  • Step 1 – Heat Oven – First preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Step 2 – Prepare Pan – Spray bottom of pan with cooking spray or coat with melted butter.
  • Step 3 – Cut Bread – Cut the french bread into chunks and spread evenly in a 9×13 pan.
Bread cubes in a bowl with a bowl of egg mixture on the side
  • Step 4 – Mix Ingredients – Next, mix together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and salt, and vanilla.
The milk mixture in a bowl
  • Step 5 – Pour over bread – Pour egg mixture over bread cubes. Mix bread with egg mixture to coat. I find that it works best if I mix with my hands. This ensures that all the bread is coated.
bread cubes in a casserole dish
  • Step 6 – Mix sugar and cinnamon – In a small separate bowl mix together 2 Tablespoons of sugar and 1 Tablespoon of cinnamon.
Bread cubes in a casserole dish
  • Step 7 – Top on casserole – Sprinkle this mixture over the entire baking dish until it is gone.
French toast casserole in baking dish
  • Step 8 – Place in the Fridge – If wanting to eat now, cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerate overnight. We love it much better when it sits overnight, but you could cook it immediately.
French toast casserole
  • Step 9 – Bake Casserole – The next morning bake the casserole in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes to 45 minutes until golden brown. You can cover with aluminum foil if the bread starts to burn.

What is the Best Bread for French Toast?

When choosing the best bread for your overnight French Toast, you want to choose bread that is sturdy. Thinly sliced or really soft bread doesn’t hold and can fall a part when baking.

These are my favorites bread options.

  • French Bread
  • Sourdough Bread
  • Brioche Bread
  • Challah Bread
  • Pullman Loaf

hat to Serve with French Toast Bake?

There are many food items that go great with this overnight French toast. Here are some of our favorites:

Add your Favorite Toppings:

We love to add different toppings to this french toast bake.

  • Our homemade pancake syrup on top and then sprinkle powdered sugar is a family favorite.
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Cinnamon and Sugar
  • Butter
  • Slice Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Pecans

The options are endless as to what to add.

Can you Freeze Overnight French Toast?

Yes, you can freeze French Toast. Freezing this French toast bake is easy to do.

  • Prepare the French Toast as indicated in the recipe.
  • Make sure to cover with foil and freeze.
  • When you are ready to bake, thaw overnight in fridge. Cook in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Tips for the Best Overnight French Toast Bake:

  • Top with Butter – If you are afraid it may dry out, place a few tabs of butter on top when you bake it.
  • Drizzle Maple Syrup – When serving I have drizzled with maple syrup right before serving, or I have sprinkled with with powdered sugar. Either way is fabulous.
  • Add Brown SugarMix in some brown sugar and cinnamon for a different flavor.
  • Heavy Cream – You can also use some heavy cream in place of milk or do half and half.
  • Whipped Cream – Serve with Whipped Cream on top.

Everyone will be well fed and your budget will be better as well. Give some of these tips a try!

French toast casserole on a white plate with a bowl of strawberries and blueberries

French Toast Casserole Variation Ideas:

  • Try using other types of bread. Some ideas include: raisin bread, french bread, Italian bread, texas toast, sour dough bread and more.
  • Add raisins and nuts to the french toast mixture.
  • Drizzle caramel.
  • Vanilla Buttercream Frosting is amazing on this french toast casserole.
  • French toast bake with texas toast is my favorite bread to use.
  • You can also add in some ham and cheese or sausage or bacon for a savory french toast bake.
  • Mix in orange zest for a delicious flavor.
French toast casserole on a white plate with a bowl of strawberries and blueberries

Why is my French Toast Casserole Soggy?

You want the casserole to be moist on the inside but have a drier crispier top. If you find that the inside of the french toast casserole is too soggy, try reducing the amount of milk or using a thicker more heartier style of bread.

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French Toast Casserole Recipe

4.95 from 94 votes
This Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe is easy to make and perfect when you have old or stale bread. This easy breakfast recipe also freezes great.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 265

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French Bread
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 Tablespoons Sugar (divided)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Spray bottom of pan with cooking spray or coat with melted butter. Cut bread into chunks and spread evenly in a 9×13 pan.
  • Mix together eggs, milk, 2 Tablespoons of sugar, salt, and vanilla. Pour over bread. Mix to coat to coat the bread in the mixture.
  • In a small separate bowl mix together 2 Tablespoons of sugar and 1 Tablespoon of cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture over the entire pan.

If wanting to eat now:

  • Cover and place in fridge over night. (you could cook immediately, but it is much better if you let it sit over night) The next morning cook in 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes until golden brown.

If wanting to freeze:

  • Cover with foil and freeze. When you are ready, thaw overnight in fridge. Cook in 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes until golden brown.

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Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Serving 6g, Calories 265kcal, Carbohydrates 39g, Protein 11g, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 115mg, Sodium 459mg, Potassium 224mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 14g, Vitamin A 255IU, Calcium 167mg, Iron 2.5mg

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  1. 5 stars
    It was a delicious breakfast. I ended up making a double recipe, I have four kids. I put frozen peaches and I used a tablespoon of cinnamon. It was a big hit with the kids and my husband loved it!!

  2. 5 stars
    My kids love French toast and they loved this. I love how easy it is to make and with 3 children running around it is great. Makes a quick breakfast for all those busy mornings.

  3. Good Morning! Merry Christmas! We just finished the casserole and just wow!
    I kinda tweaked a little. I used 1cup heavy cream (had to use it up). Then when it came out of the oven I dolloped honey butter over the top and then crumbled bacon.
    Loved it

  4. Just picked up some dinner rolls on grocery yesterday for a .25 a pack! Think I’ll try this with them

  5. Is the cinnamon and sugar topping 1 tablespoon or 1 tewaspoon each? The directions contradict.Making it tonight! Mary

  6. I want to make this! Could you clarify the amount of cinnamon in this recipe. The ingredients list says 1 tsp. But the directions say 1 T. Thanks.

  7. In the instructions it says 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and above in the ingredients it says 1 teaspoon… i was just assembling with the instructions so we will be blasted with cinnamon in the morning

  8. The ingredients state 1 TEAspoon of cinnamon but the recipe states 1 TABLEspoon. Which amount should be used in this recipe?

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